|"This is a quality, flavorful 2nd flush that will definitely appeal to any Darjeeling fan, no question."|
One of Tea's most celebrated black tea offerings (winner of two gold stars at the 2009 Great Taste Awards - the UK's foremost food awards via the Guild of Fine Food) is their 2nd Flush Darjeeling. This tea is pretty much always harvested in June, and is famously referred to as the "champagne of tea".
The leaves in this tea are generally broken, and a mix of mahogany browns, grey-er tones, earth-colored leaf bits, and a peppering of tippy grey/white leaves for good measure. On the nose, the dried leaf has a nutty chocolate hint to it.
The cup is a rich amber hue. The aroma is rich, and matches the taste as well - muscatel, as expected, with slight, hoppy astringency, and a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant. It leaves the palette with a "minty" mouthfeel - not minty TASTE, but an overall cooling sensation. A second cup brewed up is every bit as satisfying as the first. Score!
This is a quality, flavorful 2nd flush that will definitely appeal to any Darjeeling fan, no question.
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